Paul discusses how that the old paths of the Word of God will never be passed on effectively, generation to generation, if the Church does not enable and empower, by sound teaching, that great seminary of the minds of the future, the home or the family. It is also discussed how the role of the family has been diminished by the church and state alike.
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“We must give up the vain idea of trying to please everybody. That is impossible, and the attempt is a mere waste of time. We must be content to walk in Christ’s steps, and let the world say what it likes.”
“In many areas of theology, there has been a stirring in the hearts of men to subject their beliefs and practices to the tenant of sola scriptura. However, the question still remains as to whether or not we will subject our view of the church and the family to this same principle. Any hope for a genuine reformation in our time will die in its infancy if we do not allow the Scriptures to permeate and govern every aspect of our lives.”
“A family is the seminary of Church and State; and if children be not well principled there, all miscarrieth: a fault in the first concoction is not mended in the second; if youth be bred ill in the family, they prove ill in Church and Commonwealth; there is the first making or marring, and the presage of their future lives to be thence taken, Prov. 20:11. By family discipline, officers are trained up for the Church, 1 Tim. 3:4, One that ruleth well his own house, etc.; and there are men bred up in subjection and obedience. It is noted, Acts 21:5, that the disciples brought Paul on his way with their wives and children; their children probably are mentioned, to intimate, that their parents would, by their own example and affectionate farewell to Paul, breed them up in a way of reverence and respect to the pastors of the Church.”
“The head of the family is to take care that none of the family withdraw himself from any part of family-worship: and, seeing the ordinary performance of all the parts of family-worship belongs properly to the head of the family, the minister is to stir up such as are lazy, and train up such as are weak, to a fitness to these exercises…”
–“The Directory for Family Worship” [IV], bound with the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland’s edition of the Westminster Confession of Faith , reprinted 1994
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